Sevenoaks 7 Race Report

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Sevenoaks 7

Sunday 10th July 2022

On a very warm Sunday morning, 28 Harriers headed to Knole Park in Sevenoaks for the (what was before Covid) annual Sevenoaks 7. Knole, for those not familiar, is a beautiful 950 acre National Trust deer park located near the centre of Sevenoaks. The race itself enjoys spectacular scenery and is pretty challenging with varying terrain and lots of undulation across its 7 mile course.
 
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The 28th running of the event (after a 2 year hiatus) was included this year in the Kent Grand Prix Series this year. So, having run this event a few times in the past, its fair to say the field was larger and a bit more competitive than I’ve previously seen.
 
After what seemed like a 7 mile warm up walk to the start from race HQ, the Harriers team assembled for a team photo (please can someone circulate), before the off. The day was already warming up with blue skies, no clouds and temperatures approaching mid 20s by the 9am start.

Shortly after the start, a mishap with the lead runners missing the first turn (right) up the hill, carrying straight on. Fortunately called back quick enough to re-join the field! Aside from that the race was well marshalled with pockets of support around the two-lap (ish) course and welcome encouragement from Bob and Amanda in particular at various locations.

Congratulations to Liam White who prevailed as overall winner of the race, Dillon Hobbs in third place and Emily Nash as second lady (first lady, Kerstin Sung, Maidstone Harriers, 46.27).

Aside there were some decent placed finished from other Harriers in the field which will help yield some valuable KGP points for the club and we await these results.

Well earned prizes for the team, despite a few hiccups at the prize giving with Liam appearing to have actually won the junior race (?) and Colin (Coleen) Timmins awarded the F55 prize?? Oh, and Phil Watkins having run as a ghost (not actually being there but still receiving a time)!

Anyway, a great event (and one of my own favourites) that went well with good success achieved for the club and KGP points. Well done to all who took part and braved the hot and sweaty conditions!!

Full results below:

Liam

White

SM

37:30

1

268

Race Winner

Dillon

Hobbs

SM

38:33

3

268

3rd Place

Keith

Mitchell

M40

42:51

15

268

 

David

Weston

SM

43:41

17

268

 

Emily

Nash

SL

47:45

38

268

2nd Lady

David

Hadaway

M55

47:48

42

268

 

Joshua

Pratt

SM

50:36

64

268

 

Colin

Timmins

M55

51:09

68

268

 

Richard

Quartermaine

M45

52:31

85

268

 

Elliot

Chiles

SM

53:02

91

268

 

Matt

Newman

M40

53:38

99

268

 

Andy

Joad

M55

54:04

107

268

 

Terry

Everest

M40

54:22

111

268

 

Amelie

Karlsson

SL

54:23

112

268

 

Nicola

Morris

F50

54:56

122

268

 

Sarah

Ferns

SL

55:35

129

268

 

Sonja

King

F40

56:15

132

268

 

Neil

Clark

M45

56:09

133

268

 

Andrew

Deighton

M55

57:04

140

268

 

Duncan

Ralph

M55

1:00:29

164

268

 

Ana-Maria

Green

F55

1:01:59

178

268

 

Michael

Sharp

M65

1:02:08

180

268

 

Gary

O’Reilly

M60

1:02:15

182

268

 

Nick

Pierce

M65

1:05:15

204

268

 

Joan

Woodward

F45

1:06:03

206

268

 

Lucille

Joannes

F60

1:08:00

224

268

 

Peter

Nuttall

M50

1:19:56

251

268

 

Susan

Clark

F45

1:33:14

264

268

 


Matt Newman